Invitation to apply: Superintendent of Schools

 The Position
The Board of Education of the Otselic Valley Central School District announces a vacancy in the position of Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2018.
Salary and Contract 
 The Board plans to offer an initial three-year contract with a salary range of $110,000-$130,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Residency is not required.
The Selection Process 
The Board has appointed the DCMO BOCES District Superintendent to assist in the search and screening process. Interested and qualified applicants should submit:
  • a letter of application,
  • a current resume
  • a completed application form, and
  • current placement credentials. 

Materials and all inquiries should be directed to: 

Perry T. Dewey, III, District Superintendent, DCMO BOCES, 6678  County Road 32, Norwich, New York 13815-3554; Office: 607-335-1233; Fax: 607-334-9848; email:

The Board intends to adhere to the following timetable:

Deadline for receipt of application: March 30, 2018; Assume office: July 1, 2018

Desired Qualifications

The Board is seeking an educational leader of the highest professional and personal integrity with the following qualifications and profile:

  • New York State certification as a school district administrator.
  • An instructional leader who supports staff development and research-based practices and is capable of motivating the school community to implement and support the learning standards of all students.
  • A financial officer with a working knowledge of school budget construction, fiscal management, capital improvements and a demonstrated ability to balance a sound philosophy of education with the community's ability to provide economic support.
  • A long-range planner who seeks input from the school community stakeholders and supports the shared decision-making process.
  • A communicator who is capable of developing, articulating, and implementing the District's goals and plans through written and oral presentation.
  • A willingness to be visible, interactive, and involved with staff, parents, and community members.
  • Child-centered and an advocate for learners and their needs.
  • A problem solver who is skilled in identifying and analyzing problems, developing priorities, and implementing practical solutions. 
  • Candidate Profile 

    Our District seeks continuous improvement and growth while maintaining fiscal responsibility. We are looking for a Superintendent who possesses the following characteristics:

    1. Is approachable and able to communicate with people from all walks of life with honesty, integrity, and sincerity.
    2. Exhibits good judgment, is patient in dealing with others, and has shown evidence of stability and integrity under pressure.
    3. Has a genuine concern for children as demonstrated by listening, being visible and known to them, and involved in their education and activities.
    4. A leadership style that is built upon trust, integrity, enthusiasm, compassion.
    5. The ability to assess and evaluate all levels of the organization and make appropriate instructional and fiscal recommendations and decisions.
    6. An ability to engage and involve parents, community, staff, and students in the educational improvement process.

    The Board of Education 

    President: Jeremy Foster, Vice-President: Brian Wood, Members: Rachel Peabody, Diane Smith, Mark Swayze. Applicants are asked not to contact members of the Board of Education, except as they may be requested to do so.

     The Community

    Otselic Valley Central School, so named for the Otselic River, is located east of Interstate 81, midway between Syracuse and Binghamton. The area is rural and depends on the school, dairy farming, logging, trucking, a few small industries, and outdoor recreation to provide its economic base.

    Population figures for the area are relatively stable, and the backgrounds of the people are diverse. Farmers, loggers, blue collar workers, and professionals are among the many different residents attracted to the area in pursuit of the quiet, friendly, rural life, affordable land, and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Unspoiled farms and woodlands lie among the thousands of acres of State forestlands open to the public. Hundreds of miles of trails may be used for horseback riding, nature walks, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The abundant public land plus the unsurpassed numbers of deer and wild turkeys make the region a paradise for hunters, photographers, and bird-watchers alike.

    Short drives link our community to twelve excellent colleges and universities: Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Colgate University, Cazenovia College, Broome Community College, and the State Universities of New York at Cortland, Morrisville, Oneonta, Binghamton, and Environmental Science and Forestry.

    Financial Data 

    Otselic Valley Central School District overlaps portions of ten townships in two counties and contains taxable real property with a true valuation of $174,829,706. The 2017-2018 budget is $10,908,695 and is supported by a local tax levy of $3,206,923 and State aid in the amount of $6,855,715. The State aid ratio for the district is .655. The true value tax rate is $17.58 per $1,000. It should be noted that the District is fiscally sound and the community supports initiatives and programs that enable all students to meet the State Standards.

    The School District 

    The Otselic Valley Central School District encompasses about 110 square miles in Chenango and Madison Counties. The PK-12 building is located in South Otselic and houses 350 students.

    An instructional staff of 38 full-time personnel (teachers) is supported by the efforts of 31 full-time non-instructional employees, including a Public Information Specialist, Instructional Technology Coordinator, District Computer Technician, and three additional administrators. A Principal, together with the Business  Administrator, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Programs, and the Transportation Supervisor, complete the Superintendent's administrative team.

    The instructional program is focused on the State Standards with a strong commitment to staff development and academic intervention services. Our library is fully automated, and the integration of computer technology is advanced. All PK-12 classrooms have internet access and students have access to an iPad or Chromebook. Our solid academic program includes college-level courses in English, calculus, anatomy and physiology, environmental studies, trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus, personal money management, American national government, American state and local government, economics, principles in macroeconomics, and electives such as design and drawing for production, robotics, drivers' education, and various agricultural opportunities. Our program is also complemented by strong extracurricular and interscholastic programs, and arts programming. The District embraces a philosophy of inclusion and offers most of its students with disabilities on-site services.

    Otselic Valley is one of 16 component districts of the Sole Supervisory District of the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The District enjoys its collaborative partnership with the DCMO BOCES and participates fully in BOCES programs including Career and Technical Education, Special Education, Instructional Support Services, Learning Technologies, Itinerant Services, Regional Summer School, alternative education programs, and Management Services. The District has a documented system of support in Academic Intervention Services, Instructional Resource Teams, Curriculum Development, and a defined mentoring program. The District as a full-time network specialist through Broome-Tioga BOCES as well. 

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